Contact Lenses Specialist

UltraVision

Laser Eye Surgery & Ophthalmology located in San Antonio, New Braunfels & Eagle Pass, TX

If you’re not ready for corrective surgery but you’re tired of wearing glasses, contact lenses may be the next logical step. The vision care experts at UltraVision in San Antonio and Eagle Pass, Texas conduct eye examinations, and they can give you a prescription and help you get fitted for contact lenses today. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Contact lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin, flexible plastic discs that you place in your eye to correct your vision. They serve as an alternative to both glasses and corrective eye surgery, such as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK).

Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?

The vision care experts at UltraVision work with you to determine whether you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. Ideally, you should wear glasses for at least a year before transitioning to contact lenses.

Contact lens may not be a good choice if you:

  • Have allergies or chronic dry eyes
  • Experience frequent eye infections
  • Work in a dusty environment

You should also feel comfortable putting the lenses in your eyes, which can be troublesome for some people. The team at UltraVision work with you to help improve your comfort level if this is a concern.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

When deciding to make the switch to contact lenses, it’s important to be familiar with all of your lens options.

Soft lenses

Thin and pliable, soft contact lenses have the ability to conform to your eye for a snug fit.

Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

Old-fashioned hard contact lenses. These lenses are made of a hard plastic material, and while they provide good vision, they can be very uncomfortable and many people find them difficult to get used to.

Silicone hydrogel lenses

Initially introduced in 2002, silicone hydrogel contact lenses are the most popular contact lenses in the United States. They’re a more advanced soft lens that’s permeable, allowing oxygen to reach your cornea.

Hybrid contact lenses

A combination of hard and soft lenses for better vision and comfort, the center of the hybrid contact lens is made up of a hard plastic material to give you better vision, while the edges are soft for comfort.

Gas permeable lenses

These are hard contact lenses that are permeable, allowing oxygen to reach your cornea. Although less comfortable than soft lenses, gas permeable lenses provide sharper vision, and you may prefer them if you have astigmatism.

Providing another method of self-expression, contact lenses are also available in different eye colors and designs.

If you’re considering contact lenses to replace your eyeglasses, the vision experts at UltraVision can help you get started. Call today or schedule an appointment online.